Roan of Ellan Vannin is a novel unto itself. Unlike the usual trilogy this spans mostly the same space and time the initial Songbird of Rushen Abbey, but with different outcomes. It is very distressing at times to remember the first's storyline and try to fit those facts into this course, especially when they won't fit! The characters are the same, most of the events are the same, but what's to happen changes. The imprisonment of William Percy is so different between the two parts of the trilogy that it's evident these are two completely separate novels and when read as such eases some of the confusion.
Roan grows up in Rushen Abbey, alongside Estelle, until he is taken away to be trained a knight. His love for Estelle, the Songbird of Rushen Abbey, is secret until after he's knighted. Estelle has a child with Alban and marries William Percy. Alban and William go off to war and William is captured.
Up to this point much of the story mirrors the Songbird of Ellan Vannin, as I've written, it's the same but it's not. For the last third of Roan of Ellan Vannin - Roan and Estelle marry when she's released from Alban and visited her father in Ireland. Roan and Estelle are detained by the McGilmore clan, where he's told he's Alban's half brother - Magnus his father. Meantime, Estelle returns to Alban, they marry assuming Roan is dead when he's absent for years. The last few pages Roan shows up and Alban gives up his rule to Roan, so he and Estelle become the King and Queen of Ellan Vannin.
To combine the Songbird of Rushen Abbey with Roan of Ellan Vannin in the same novel I think would have been a better fit as long as all the characters continued on the same course, rather than splitting them up and all going when and wherever. Too much repetition of lives and events when we have already seen Estelle's life up to and through giving birth and giving up her child to Alban. To relive her childhood, Alban, and William was too repetitious even when the course took another fork in the road. That is why I gave Roan of Ellan Vannin a 3 rating. If it were to stand-alone and not part of a trilogy - I'd give it a 4 at least. So, I suggest you read either The Songbird of Rushen Abbey or Roan of Ellan Vannin, but not both in the same week because it can feel like you are reading the same book.
A knight sworn to serve his king will sacrifice all in his quest for love.
Book Two in The Hearts of Ellan Vannin Trilogy
A son born to an imprisoned Irish princess is hidden away in the orphanage of Rushen Abbey. The truth of his royal lineage, that he is sired of the notorious King Magnus, is kept a well guarded secret from his half-blood brothers.
Roan dreams of becoming a knight and is possessed of a voice equally as enthralling as the fey, lovely Estelle Percy, the famed Songbird. They form a strong bond of friendship that becomes the foundation of an undeniable passion.
Roan endures every sacrifice in his quest to win Estelle but she is whisked away from him repeatedly and soon it seems their love is hopeless and unattainable. When time reveals long hidden secrets that threaten to destroy the bonds of trust, and truth becomes a heavier burden to bear than lies.who will wear the crown and win the fair Estelle as queen?